1st Test Australia vs India: Young Rishabh Pant has had a great Test at Adelaide where he equalled a world record for most dismissals in a Test. He equalled Jack Russell to the feat. He took the catch of Mitchell Starc to equal the record of 11 catches. Bob Taylor (England), Adam Gilchrist (Australia) and Wriddhiman Saha (India) come next to Russell, De Villiers and Rishabh on the list of most catches in a Test with 10 catches. Also Read - Jacques Kallis Greatest Cricketer of All Time, Says Former South Africa International Jacques Rudolph
The credit has to be given to the bowlers who bowled phenomenally well to get the edges and Pant was solid behind the stumps as he took the catches. He had six dismissals in the first innings. Pant in the past has come under a lot of criticism for his keeping but he already has 31* catches to his name in merely 6* matches. Also Read - Not MS Dhoni, Wasim Jaffer Names Rohit Sharma as Smartest Cricketing Brain
Pant also showed spunk with the bat where he took 18 runs os a Nathan Lyon over. He hit three consecutive boundaries and a six in the over. Also Read - MS Dhoni Looked Fit, Was Focused on Getting Ready For IPL: CSK Bowling Coach Lakshmipathy Balaji After COVID-19 Postpones Start
Meanwhile, Ashwin and Bumrah were the pick of the bowlers in the first innings where they scalped three apiece, which helped India take a nominal 15-run-lead in the first innings. There is no doubt that Cheteshwar Pujara’s 123, followed by 71 in the second innings made the difference. Rahane too got among the runs as he scored an invaluable 70, Kohli’s 34 in the second innings was also important as he stitched an important partnership with Pujara to extend India’s lead.
Shami, Bumrah in the second innings, was India’s best bowler as Rishabh Pant equalled a world record for most dismissals in a Test.
The second Test starts on December 14 and the Australians have a lot of thinking to do ahead of that.